Strength Training Benefits: Why Women Should Lift Heavy

Strength Training Benefits Women in a Number of Ways (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Strength Training Benefits for Women

Next, look to an isolated corner of the free weight area and you will probably see a young man in his early twenties, hanging upside-down on a quest to complete 500 sit-ups. He probably doesn’t know that spot reduction doesn’t work (or that crunches aren’t the best exercise to build a chiseled core) and that the best way to reveal his dormant abs would be to burn off the layer of fat that is covering them and improve his dietary habits. This next myth holds a special place in my heart, and by a special place, I really mean it makes me want to punch a hole in a wall.

Benefits of Strength Training for Women — Mayo Clinic

3 Reasons You Need to Start Lifting Heavy Today

Here are 3 reasons why you need to lose the excuses and start lifting today.

1. You Will Get Stronger, Not Bulkier

Even though many women believe that the moment they lift something heavy they will immediately turn into the Incredible Hulk, muscle is actually pretty hard to build. Most men have to work pretty hard at it, and women lack the hormonal advantages that men possess. The women bodybuilders that you see? They eat, train, and take supplements specifically so that they can look that way.

2. You Will Lose Bodyfat

The purpose of lifting weights is to build muscle. (Image Credit: Unsplash)

3. It Will Make Your Mind Clearer And Put You In A Better Mood

More and more research shows that exercise is as good for your brain as it is for your body. Mental health is deservedly a hot topic right now in the wellness space, and while not a cure-all, weight lifting has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression such as low mood, a loss of interest in activities, and feelings of worthlessness.

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Take Advantage of Strength Training Benefits for Women

It’s time to apply these benefits to your own life. Follow the advice above, and with time, you will realize your own fitness goals.



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